Why plant based?
The plant based diet is a diet that consists of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes. This diet is optimal for human health as it eliminates the chance of obtaining chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, numerous cancers and high cholesterol levels. This diet will not only keep you healthy, but it will help rid you of many food allergies and intolerances, asthma, congestion, joint pain, arthritis and muscle soreness.
The Plant Based Method offers you an all encompassing approach to health. We will guide you in what to eat, how much of it and when. We will also answer any of your questions and allow you to interact with other members of the site on your journey to plant based health and developing your healthful lifestyle.
The rules of our method begin with understanding macronutrient ratios and the roles they play in our body. The foods that we eat consist of four groups of nutrients: proteins, fats, carbohydrates and alcohols. Our method does not encourage consumption of alcohol as alcohol hinders energy levels, hurts liver, brain and blood function and can lead to an unhealthy addiction. Alcohols are equal to 7 calories per gram.
Proteins are found in all plant foods and are essential for our body's organism. Our bodies are able to recycle proteins and therefore do not require much protein to thrive. In fact, it is a food industry myth that we need protein to obtain muscle and be strong. Overconsumption of protein - more than 10% of our daily calories - can lead to kidney problems, diabetes and cancer growth. Proteins are equal to 4 calories per gram.
Fats are found in all plant foods and are responsible for brain function and in combination with carbohydrates, create energy for the body to use. It is a food industry myth that good fats, such as omega 3 fatty acids are essential for well being. In fact, over consumption of good fats such as those found in fish lead to an imbalanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids, which can cause nutritional imbalances in the body. It is impossible to isolate essential fatty acids by consuming animal protein to reap the benefits. When consuming omega 3 heavy foods like nuts and fish, you are also consuming the high cholesterol that comes with it. By eating a plant based diet low in fat - below 10% of your daily calories, your omega 3 to omega 6 ratio will be at a healthy 1:1. Fats are equal to 9 calories per gram.
Carbohydrates are the key to the Plant Based Method. Carbohydrates are the foundation for all plant foods: fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. They are made of simple and complex sugars that enter the blood stream and provide the body with energy, endorphins and feelings of satiation and fullness. It is an industry myth that carbohydrates make you fat and that high protein diets lead to weight loss. When we speak about carbohydrates we are primarily focusing on whole grains, rice, pasta, potatoes and other starchy vegetables. These foods should be the foundation of your diet along with fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are an essential carbohydrate to help fill the body with vitamins and micronutrients. In regard to gluten, the sensitivity may be measured using a medical blood test. However, those who do not show signs of a gluten allergy or sensitivity, are free to consume whole grains in unlimited amounts. Carbohydrates are equal to 4 calories per gram.
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